Last year Sony launched its first PlayStation-branded handheld gaming device since killing off the PlayStation Vita. But the new PlayStation Portal isn’t a standalone game console – it’s basically a remote control for a PS5, allowing users to stream games over a network connection.

Meanwhile the Nintendo Switch, Valve Steam Deck, and countless other handhelds released in recent years, have shown that plenty of people are willing to pay for handhelds that can play the same games as full-fledged consoles or gaming PCs. So maybe it’s not surprising to hear that Sony may be planning to launch a next-gen handheld that has enough horsepower to play PS4 games and even some PS5 titles natively.

Sony’s latest handheld is the PlayStation Portal. But it’s not a standalone device. Instead it’s designed as a Remote Play accessory for streaming games from a PS5 over a network connection.

Keep in mind that this isn’t something Sony has officially announced. Instead it’s a leak from YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead, who says that sources tell him that Sony is working with AMD to design a custom chip for an upcoming handheld which could launch in 2026 or later.

So even if the rumor is true, there’s plenty of time for things to change, and there’s no guarantee that this next-gen PlayStation Handheld will ever see the light of day. But if it does, the idea isn’t to position it as a brand new device with its own game catalog like we saw with the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita. Instead it’ll be a new form factor for playing existing PS4 & PS5 titles.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

A new PlayStation Handheld may be in the early stages of development [Moor’s Law is Dead / YouTube]

Leaker Moore’s Law is Dead says Sony and AMD are working on a PlayStation Handheld that could launch in 2025 or later with compatibility with all PS4 games and some PS5 titles. It wouldn’t rely on streaming like the PS Portal.

System76 releases powerful Serval WS laptop [System76]

System76 Serval WS Linux laptop updated with Intel Core i9-14900HX processor. The laptop is available with up to a 15″ FHD 165 Hz display or a 17 inch 2K/240 Hz or 4K/144Hz display and sells for $2099 and up.

Google Search’s cache links are officially being retired [The Verge]

Google is pulling the plug on its feature that allowed you to view cached versions of web pages for sites that were inaccessible, to see what a site looked like before a recent change, or wanted to see a site the way Google’s web crawler did.

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  1. Didn’t Sony already have a handheld once? I distinctly remember (and I sh*t you not), I was working at a restaurant, and they had one of those crane machines where for a quarter you get try to get a toy. The top prize was a Sony handheld gaming machine, but I think it was based on android.

    Someone tell me I’m wrong but that’s what I remember. I think it was about 6 years ago? But if anything, I would say Sony is the one who was really first in this foray.

    So why is Sony considering another handheld such a big deal? Because Steam, Asus, Lenovo et. al have made it successful?

    1. Could have just been a PS Vita, it was discontinued in 2019.
      I suppose the main issue with a new PS handheld is that it’s very difficult to say with any certainty if it makes any kind of financial or social sense for Sony to make a new one after over 10 years under the current competition, especially if they opt for x86. People sure seem to think they have the right to bully those who back a loser, so no one wants to back anything unless they’re sure enough it’s a winner.

  2. Some PS5? Look, if they just released a handheld that could play their entire system catalog through PS4 they would sell a ton of those things. If folks wanna play PS5 games they will just get their most recent hardware. Oh, and give it a video-out option, too.

    1. You might be right, but I just think this rumour is full of FUD. It takes several years in process to research, design, and release a mass-produced console. Sony as they currently are, is not one for a kneejerk reaction to the market of NSwitch, or the ASUS ROG Ally.

      With hindsight being 20/20, the best play Sony could have done is the following. They themselves release the SteamDeck in Q4 2019. Now this device is portable (backpacks) but not pocketable (PS Vita). However, at least it fulfills in terms of battery life, enjoyability, and lastly performance. In terms of performance, it slightly surpasses the PS4. It can do backwards compatibility of the PS4 catalogue, as well as emulating other Sony systems (PS Vita, PS2, PSP, and PS1). They could sell them digitally, as long as rights/licenses are sorted out. That means lots of titles working from Day 1. Now the next step in this plan is to stop the launch of the PS5. It puts Microsoft in a weird position. And gives this handheld at least 1-2 years to ruminate, with developers adapting to it. With the civod and panda mic causing issues in the market, it was apt timing. Then Sony can announce and release a PS5 which is somewhat overpowered, that way to weather the long lifecycle it has in front. Now the big developers can develop their complex games for the PSP-4 with a 720p/30fps/Low Setting option. They can then upscale that to 2160p/60fps/High Settings option for the PS5. And both systems can remain relevant side-by-side for a long lifecycle. Perhaps giving the PSP-4 a somewhat of a “Pro” refresh, whilst the PS5 doesn’t do that and just gets a “Slim” option.

      That is until the next generation, where the battle looks to be brewing. Microsoft may dominate with the likes of 5G/6G/Fiber internet, and having Cloud Streaming becoming a viable option. Especially for Phone/Tablet gaming on the go. Whilst Nintendo will continue to rest on its laurels with its nostalgia, and avid fanbase. Sony would go back to crafting memorable experiences in its internal developers.

  3. “Sony may be planning to launch a next-gen handheld that has enough horsepower to play PS4 games and even some PS5 titles natively.”

    Play PS5 titles natively? why such comment? unless the portable device is made in 3nm or less, have RDNA4 and a battery of 10000mAh, it is not going to play ps5 games whatsoever. If we assume the screen will be 1080p, then yes, they can develop a nice device for 300€.

  4. If Sony really does release a handheld, then I hope they treat better than the Vita. I regretted getting one.

    1. Really? I picked one up in 2018 and I still love the thing. Killzone Mercenary is a great game, the battery life is good, the homebrew scene is great.

      That said I like the idea Sony is kicking around. Playing PS4 games on the go, and hopefully it has HDMI out so it would be an all in one homeconsole/on the go. No game dev needed since it would use the existing PS4 library. Seems a very smart move on Sony’s part provided the price is reasonable, and they don’t foist super expensive proprietary memory cards on us.

      1. Well, I hope Sony releases a TV version because that’s for me the amazing part of Vita. PS TV is the best device any company released out of a handheld, why? because it allows you to play desktop :). Without PS TV I guess I wouldn’t have bought a single game, let’s pray for it for the next one 😀

  5. I hope the rumor about the PlayStation handheld isn’t accurate. Why would Sony release a handheld using aging technology that only plays games from their previous console generations? (Bear in mind, this would be releasing about the time the PlayStation 6 is due to come out). It would be competing against the Switch 2 (and the assorted new games releasing on it) and the Steam Deck (which also plays current games – at least for the time being). Not to mention all of the various Windows handhelds that it would be competing against (ROG Ally, Lenovo Legion, . . . etc.). I would think this would be a huge commercial flop unless priced EXTREMELY aggressively ($200 or less? – needs to compete against any potential Switch Lite 2).

    1. Why would Sony release a handheld using aging technology that only plays games from their previous console generations?

      Because its a mature game library and wouldn’t require getting devs to develop games for? Because then it wouldn’t be pilfering sales from the PS5? The outlay for the hardware is literally the only cost Sony would incur, but they would get a piece of every already existing game sale, while not really competing with their current gen console.

      It would be competing against the Switch 2 (and the assorted new games releasing on it).

      Did you really just say that? Nintendo puts out underpowered crap nearly every generation, and unless you wanna play games basically designed for kids, who cares. I regret owning a Switch. I won’t buy a Switch 2.

      and the Steam Deck (which also plays current games – at least for the time being).

      Steam deck plays current games at low resolution. Sony’s hardware design should be much more efficient give PS4 doesn’t have as broad hardware variation as PC’s do, and should provide better everything.

      Not to mention all of the various Windows handhelds that it would be competing against (ROG Ally, Lenovo Legion, . . . etc.). I would think this would be a huge commercial flop unless priced EXTREMELY aggressively ($200 or less? – needs to compete against any potential Switch Lite 2).

      LoL, you mention $600 -$700 handhelds and say it should be priced at $200 to compete with a far inferior product like the Switch 2. Nah bud. If Sony come in at $300- $350 and don’t spring proprietary storage like the Vita it will sell well.

      1. One could argue that a well adjusted person would only be playing the latest releases because the only real reason the play games is to have something you can talk to people about so you can make friends, pull favors, get more attention on social media, and get more money and status, and everyone else who doesn’t fit in and follow the trends decided by The Algorithm deserves to just die out because they’re all [insert social/political classification you don’t like here].
        That’s actually a horrible attitude but I can’t ignore how it seems like social darwinism is become more popular among just about every kind of people there are.
        Therefore, the “proper” approach for Sony is to just publish everything that they want to be portable on phones instead, and make their own app store otherwise all their games would just get buried under all the other low effort dreck that’s already there. Only problem is iphones don’t really allow that except in the EU, and it’s hard to express how significant that is.

  6. A shame such a baseless and unfounded rumor from a highly unreliable source would spread so far and wide, but I guess that’s just how desperate people are for a new Sony handheld. No one has yet to stop and read the rumor closely to see how dumb it is.

  7. Just the appearance of “System76” on the screen makes my wallet jump out of my pocket and hide. Why even report a laptop priced at “…$2099 and up”? Everything from System76 carries a huge Linux Tax.

  8. Although search engines try not to show you the interactions between users of sites these days, but cache was really useful when attempting to call out an edited post or news article since it was automatic and other archive sites have to be told to do something manually.
    Google Search just keeps getting worse.

  9. @liliputing_ Would not surprise me if the Playstation handheld rumors are real. Surprising that with all the years the Switch has been successful it did not come sooner and surely the Deck has pushed them over the edge finally.

    Google Cache being discontinued is really unfortunate… but I guess Google likes to discontinue anything useful in general…is there any word on why at all?